Obama’s appointee Goodwin Liu’s confirmation hearing postponed

Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle

The much-anticipated confirmation hearing for Goodwin Liu, a UC Berkeley law professor nominated by President Obama to the federal appeals court in San Francisco, fell victim to congressional turmoil over health care Thursday and was postponed, probably until after a two-week recess.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had been scheduled to take up Liu’s nomination Wednesday. But Republicans angered by House passage of health care legislation blocked Senate committee hearings Tuesday and Wednesday during a Senate floor fight over amendments to the measure.

With senators still preoccupied with the health bill Thursday, the Judiciary Committee did not reschedule Liu’s hearing. Congress is scheduled to go on recess this weekend and return April 12.

The postponement pushes back a confirmation battle that is likely to be one of the most intense of Obama’s presidency…

…He is…known for liberal views on such issues as affirmative action, school integration and same-sex marriage. Liu is a former board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and current chairman of the liberal American Constitution Society.

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